The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of

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Roland Womack is either a genius or a seriously twisted individual. In his creation Daydreamer: Awakened Edition you’ll end up really enjoying yourself or seeking therapy.

Daydreamer is described by publisher Atlus in 2 words, “nightmare fuel”. Coming May 31, 2016 to PlayStation 4 digitally for $9.99, you will be able to take control of Olivia, the last human on Earth who had been trapped in a stasis by alien captors as a trophy (think Predator trophy room). Now awoken by the creepy Immortal Gate Keeper, you are on a quest to destroy the aliens who now inhabit Earth and fight to reach its core. At your disposal will be a number of weapons, abilities, items, and pets to aid in your battles in the retro side-scrolling platformer/shooter.

Take a look at some in-game screenshots in the gallery.

Checkout the trailer here.

 

Read the press release below.

Awaken into a nightmare filled with malicious aliens, grotesque mutants, emotionless robots, and giant bugs in Daydreamer: Awakened Edition, coming soon for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One systems. The side-scrolling platformer/shoot-em-up game was originally released on the PC, but the new Awakened Edition includes major gameplay updates and numerous refinements for those brave enough to walk the perilous path of the daydreamer. This uniquely outlandish arcade game will be available digitally on the PlayStation Store and Xbox store in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. It will retail in the United States for $9.99, and the prices for the other regions will be revealed at a later date.

Daydreamer: Awakened Edition is the story of the last human who rouses from an eternal sleep to an unfamiliar Earth, since Aliens took over the planet thousands of years ago. The nameless protagonist was kept in a stasis chamber as a twisted relic to memorialize their victory. However, the mysterious Immortal Gate Keeper liberates her and sets her on a dangerous expedition to the Earth’s core. Be warned though-the aliens will do whatever it takes to get their trophy back, and the Earth is filled with frightening creatures that hunger for human flesh.

Daydreamer: Awakened Edition features:
Twitchy Retro Gameplay — Those who live for intense side-scrolling, platforming, and shooting action will feel right at home, because players will shoot, whip, shield, jump, and warp their way to the Earth’s core. The design choices in the game harken back to gaming’s arcade classics!

A Varied Combat System — With a dearth of different weapons and abilities at the daydreamer’s disposal, she will eradicate aliens with energy, homing, ray, helix, and flamethrower blasters, and melee mutants with her whips. She also has the abilities to shield against damage, warp to hard-to-reach areas, slow down time, and more. But they don’t come cheap-players must hunt for Psymatter in order to buy the weapons and items that will aid her along her hazardous journey.

Powerful Pets — Psymatter also can be used to purchase/sustain a loyal pet companion to stay by your side to the death (or until you run out of Psymatter). From fuzzy turtles to vicious weasels, pets will offer invaluable support in varied forms to the daydreamer.

Frightening Bosses – If normal aliens, mutants, robots, and bugs aren’t bad enough, the bosses of Daydreamer: Awakened Edition are truly terrifying to behold. The disturbing Mr. Smiles, the repulsive Grimeboy, and ferocious, but still kind of cute, Rabies Rabbit are just some of the creepy boss monsters brought to life in the game.
Numerous Improvements — Since this is the Awakened Edition, that means there are a multitude of improvements and additions to the original release. Besides gameplay tweaks and balancing, there are now more difficulties, enhanced controls, improved combat, a ranked mode/leaderboard for the competitive, world map function, a brand new ending, and much more.

Daydreamer was single-handedly created by Roland Womack, who is the founder-and sole creative force-of indie development house Roland Studios. Inspired by the 8-bit era of classic arcade-style games, Womack incorporated their timeless appeal with his creatively twisted vision of Earth in this upcoming digital console title.

Daydreamer: Awakened Edition will be available digitally on the PlayStation Store on May 31 and Xbox Store on June 3. The game will be priced at $9.99 in the United States, and is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

Written by Ben Palmer

Ben Palmer

An avid video game enthusiast who loves collector’s editions, retro gaming & the history of this great hobby.

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